If you have questions about disclosing information to your child’s school, contact one of our attorneys at (203) 221-3100.

Be Careful Over-Sharing Information

Schools commonly gather information primarily through parents who may inadvertently disclose various details in casual emails or conversations with school staff. It’s important to be mindful that what you communicate to your child’s teacher, aide, or other school personnel could potentially be shared among the entire team, within the school, and possibly beyond.

How to Safeguard Yourself

  1. Be cautious about what you post on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, as school personnel often monitor these channels. If you’ve become a focal point of contention, they may scrutinize your online activity.
  2. Always be mindful of what and how you communicate with school staff. While they may seem friendly or even be friends, they could be under pressure to disclose information.
  3. When filling out forms like the SDS, provide necessary information but avoid oversharing. Detailed discussions about extended family or irrelevant matters can be unnecessary and imprudent in the context of your child’s IEP.
  4. Recognize that emails discussing you or your child sent or received by school personnel are considered educational records. Ensure you obtain copies through a FERPA request to stay informed about what’s being discussed. If something seems unclear, ask questions rather than assuming.
  5. Understand that school personnel are attentive to information about parents. While it’s essential not to be overly suspicious, exercise caution in your communications.

By being mindful of these points, you can better protect your privacy and ensure productive interactions with school personnel.

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